For more than 30 years, Lynnfielders have enjoyed lunch and dinner at the Countryside Deli on Salem Street - and its current owner has run the eatery for much of that time while also working as a public safety professional in town.
Mike DiCorato bought the Countryside Deli in 1993, two years after he graduated from St. John's Prep. At the time, DiCorato was a sophomore at Bentley College studying business. In a recent conversation with Lynnfield Patch, he reported that he is the fourth owner of the deli and that he also briefly owned a diner in Lynn called Sam's Grille, he once worked at Brother's Deli, and his family once owned an Italian restaurant. He and his wife Lisa live in Lynnfield with their two daughters.
DiCorato also just marked 10 years as a call member of the Lynnfield Fire Department, and he has worked part time as a police dispatcher in town for nine years. Admittedly, he says a schedule like that can add to some fairly crazy hours. Still, Dicorato said he has a longstanding interest in public safety and says that his colleagues on the department are highly dedicated individuals who don't always receive the credit they should.
At the restaurant, DiCorato reports that he has about eight employees and that all of the food at Countryside is homemade - some of which he learned from his mother, and other recipes that he taught himself. About seven years ago, DiCorato recalls that he remodeled the place and had the pizza oven installed. Before that, Countryside only sold sandwiches and closed each day at 3.
Along with running a business in Lynnfield and working in the previously mentioned public safety capacities, DiCorato has also been able to help support some good causes along the way. Countryside Deli has sponsored Little League and Reid's Ride and supported various school activities over the years as well as the Memorial Day Cookout, he reports, adding that he and his wife, a breast cancer survivor, are also supporters of the Susan G. Komen Foundation.